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Making an Entrance
Hallways are one of our favourite places to use wallpaper. It's a chance to make a real impression, to give visitors a hint of the rooms they're about to explore, and to put a personal stamp on what could easily be an unimpressive, run-of-the-mill space. Of course, hallways can sometimes be shadowy and narrow and a little tricky to work with, this is where colour and pattern come in.
CommonRoom Founder Kate Hawkins used our Love Leaves ~ Cameleopard & Prussian Blue wallpaper in the entranceway of her Victorian house. She paired this archival design - found in a book of watercolours by William Kilburn, with vivid blue paintwork (Paper & Paint Library's Blue Gum) and a Sophie Cooney stair runner. The pattern, texture and colour of this scheme has brightened up what was once a very dark hallway, and added a modern sensibility to this period home. Shop Love Leaves ~ Cameleopard & Prussian Blue here.
Since hallways are high-traffic areas, we recommend adding a varnish over the top of the wallpaper in order to maintain its finish and prevent sticky fingers and dirty scuff marks. This is our go-to varnish, we prefer the matt finish but it also comes in gloss and satin too. The brilliant thing, though, is that a patterned wallpaper can hide scuffs more effectively than paint. Plus, if you have high ceilings the finished effect will be both spectacular and homely.